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ItemA comparison of children’s perspectives: Analyzing cultural and gender issues for preservice teachers around the world(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2015) Pierson, Melinda R.; Schultheis, Klaudia; Myck-Wayne, JaniceFor the past 7 years, preservice teachers in multiple countries around the world have been involved in an international internet project designed to increase their cultural competence, improve their language and technology skills, and enhance their collaboration skills for working with diverse populations. Preservice teachers' reflections are analyzed by gender, years of experience, and outcomes related to the project that will influence their experiences in the education field. Barriers to collaboration and solutions on how to overcome these barriers are presented in this article. ItemDecoding multisyllabic words: Structural analysis in reading by groups(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Pierson, Melinda R.; Gowan, DustinAn age appropriate, research-based systematic program that teaches a flexible strategy for decoding multisyllabic words may be the foundation for increased reading abilities of middle school male and female students struggling with grade level text. To meet this need, the REWARDS reading program (Archer, Gleason & Vachon, 2000) was used with struggling 6th grade readers with learning disabilities (LD). The quasi-experimental research design used in this study is non-randomized control group (n=20), pretest posttest design. The Basic Reading Inventory along with DIBELS measure of reading fluency were the instruments used to calculate findings. In a five week period, students’ decoding levels increased by 1.72 grade levels, instructional reading levels increased by 1.45 grade levels, while the reading fluency rates were increased by 28% at instructional reading levels and 17% at grade level. Decoding ability was highly correlated to reading comprehension with the relationship of .88. ItemGifted education in the United States: Perspectives of gender equity(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2014) Pierson, Melinda R.An overview of education for gifted and talented children and adolescents in the United States will be presented. Issues of gender equity will be discussed and suggestions for creating equal opportunities for all students will be outlined. ItemThe Effectiveness of Social Stories Implemented Through Technology: Is There a Difference in Outcomes between Males and Females?(Wydawnictwo Naukowe UAM, 2015) Padilla, Denice Mena; Pierson, Melinda R.The effectiveness of technologically-based social stories for males and females with autism is explored. An increase in positive behavior responses and improved communication are two outcomes compared to paper-based social stories. Additional research should continue to validate the use of technology supports for males and females with disabilities in the classroom.